Virtual Reality Technology? Try Volvo Reality

If this isn’t your first time at the blog, you may already know about my obsession with car apps and car technology. And I gotta say, I love Volvo’s virtual reality technology app — Volvo Reality — designed for Google Cardboard. I was lucky enough to nab a free Volvo-branded Google Cardboard while they were available, and once it came in the mail I assembled it, downloaded the Volvo … Continue reading

Need a plow? There’s an app for that.

There’s a new app in town, and it’s called Plowz. The makers of the app call it “A Wintertime Chore Made Easy.” Bloomberg calls it “Uber for Snowplows”. Me? I just think of Plowz, and its companion app Mowz (I’ll give you one guess… yeah, it’s like Uber for lawnmowers), are the latest examples of how apps are connecting people willing to do some sort of drudgery with people who … Continue reading

Can Apple Really Change the World (Again)?

Is Apple® trying to build a car? Considering they create, spread, and discredit rumors about their own projects, who really knows? But after a few mysterious sightings of Apple minivans with cameras roaming streets throughout the nation, many speculate an iCar is closer than we think. Car experts advise against Apple even considering a venture that would produce an autonomous electric car in all of its Apple-y goodness. Dan Akerson, … Continue reading

My Car Is Plenty Fast, But It’s So Slow

Upsettingly slow. And I’m not talking about how fast it can travel. I’m referring to its technological progression. I was asked an interesting question the other day that pertains to my gripe. That question: Why does my car have such bad data and communication technology even though it’s 1,000 times the size of my phone? When you think about it like that, it is a bit strange that our vehicles, … Continue reading

Dash, the “Fitbit for Cars” — Two Months Later

Back in July, I started using Dash, the “Fitbit for cars” smartphone app that syncs with your car (read my initial post about it here). And now that I’ve used it for just about two months, I wanted to take a closer look and see if it’s had any affect on my driving habits or provided any other value beyond giving me a bunch of numbers to look at (which … Continue reading

I See Right Through You, Navdy

It isn’t a flying car. It isn’t even a self-driving car. But still, the makers of Navdy claim that it feels like driving in the future. It’s Navdy, the aftermarket head-up display (HUD) device that is designed to let you use your phone while you drive without taking your eyes off the road. I could explain how it works, but it’s easiest if you just see for yourself: Similar to other … Continue reading

RightTurn Takes Dash “Fitbit for Cars” Driving App for a Spin

As I’ve admitted here on the RightTurn blog before, I’m a nerd: a techie nerd, science nerd, tire nerd… so let’s just add one more to the list while we’re at it: data nerd. Yes, I admit it. I make spreadsheets and charts just for fun. Numbers, statistics, research, I soak it all up. So it’s no surprise that I’m pretty interested in the whole “quantified self” thing. Smartphones and … Continue reading

Stuff We’re Thankful For

Around the country, people are (hopefully) focused on gratitude. Jeffrey, Ashlee, and I took some time out to say our thanks for a few things, auto related, of course. Here they are! Jenn. I’ve heard it said that gratitude should focus on the small things, so I’m thankful that all the small things that make my car run well are, well, running well. I’m also pretty happy with my new … Continue reading